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Common responses to the book of Revelation throughout history have been “It’s too hard for me to understand!” or “It’s just a depressing book about doom and gloom.” In this course, you will explore the depth, beauty, and application of this early first-century book. Discover its literary characteristics, its original audience’s unique circumstances and its author’s purpose in writing to them. You will also explore how we can know that the book was meant to be understood by its readers so you can arrive at the heart of the book’s message and discover its application for your life today.
This course is provided by Denver Seminary Faculty (denverseminary.edu)
- Identify Revelation’s literary style, understand its historical context, and use this knowledge to better understand the book.
- Explain John’s original purpose for writing the book of why it is relevant for modern-day readers.
- Explain how we can know the book of Revelation was meant to be understood by its original readers and how we can take steps to better understand it today.
- Describe the heart of Revelation’s message.
- Identify specific applications for the book of Revelation.
- University of Aberdeen, PhD
- Denver Seminary, MA
- Colorado Christian University, BA
This gives a clear perspective on a book I have read the least of any in the Bible thinking it was primarily about future prophecy and unreadable to most. I can now reread Revelation with new understanding and perspective.Karen
WONDERFUL!! Really helped in “knowing the purpose” of the book of Revelation.Sandy
I truly gain and got enriched by the course. May the Lord continue to bless and guide all the staff of Our Daily Bread Ministries as they continue in serving Christ through this platform, amen.Mela
I’ been a Christian for 74 years–boy have I missed a lot of understanding about Revelation and the rest of the Bible–spent a lot of time focusing on things that don’t really matter (because I looked at much of Scripture from my viewpoint.) Revelation is not about worrying about details, it’s about worshiping the Lamb. Excellent teacher and presentationHobe
I have learned to look at Revelation in a completely different light.Kathleen
I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and from the results of some of the assessment questions I may need to take it again, however I feel that some of the members of my church could benefit from taking this course.Deborah
Eye-opening, and refreshing perspective taught clearly.Kathy
I enjoyed this class immensely. I learned a lot and it has stimulated me to further in-depth study. Thank you!Philip
This course provides a good overview of what Revelation is about and will encourage further study of it.Elaine
I am blessed and enriched by the contents of this course. Thank you.Mela
I like the clear explanations about the purpose of the book and the description of the sections’ purposes.Doug
Great overview for a better perspective to all participantsDonald
A great course but should be Part 2 to complete the study of Revelations.Nina
Very, very insightful!James
Provided new perspectives on the book as a whole. It allowed me to expand my thought process and helped me focus on the main applications it was intended for.Troy
An excellent course!Russell
Very helpful! And it is so easy to understand! Thanks you to Dr. Mathewson.Wai
It was a very good course, I liked it very much it made me think about things I didnt realize about Revelations before. I feel I will enjoy reading Revelations more now and in the future.Michael
This course provided me with clarity and a better understanding about the Book of Revelation and why it was written. I can now continue to study Revelation with a strong foundation.Nina
This was excellent in opening my eyes about Revelation. I’m going to re-read it with a new perspective.Elisabeth
I really enjoyed this course… wish the same lecturer had a in depth course on Revelation.Sue
The course was very interesting and the professor was very astute and made the lectures easy to understand.Penny
This course has been very informative. I now look at Revelation in a new light and with less dread. Lectures were clear and well spoken. Quizzes covered the subject matter very well.Terry
Awesome, I love all the lessons.Helena
Dr Mathewson does an excellent job in diffusing myths about the book of Revelation. He gives an excellent overall analysis. I came away much more hopeful and with wonderful new insights.Donna
The lectures are all very helpful. Not difficult to follow, informative, yet succinct. The content has provided a sound overview of Revelation and has clarified my understanding of what has long been a biblical book that I felt out of my depth with. Thank you Dr. Mathewson.Richard
Excellent! I am glad I made this course my first one in your University. It was a great start. I am now eager to learn from others. Thank you!Norine
Dr. Mathewson presents an interesting and compelling interpretation of Revelation.Rockne
I learned a lot about the Book of Revelation during the course. Now I will have a better grasp of what’s going on how I should understand what I am reading. With Dr. Mathewson he is clear, concise, and makes things very understandable.Joanna ruth
I learned a lot about the Book of Revelation during the course. I now have an entirely different perspective on the book and I feel that the next time I go through the book I will have a better grasp of what’s going on and how I should discern what I’m reading. I enjoyed the course and it shed much light on my understanding the book. Thank you for an excellent course.Stan
I appreciate the overview of Revelations, as well as the recommendations of books to use as I now begin an in-depth study of Revelations. This course has helped me more fully understand the purpose of Revelations.Sue
The overall course was ok but to me the skipping over of the seals, trumpets and bowl judgements as well of some other details left me wondering if I want to stay subscribed to the ODB University. I may try one other course before making my final judgement.Scott
It very interesting course. I need to reread the scripture again for more understanding.Estina
Even though the lectures were short, they were very informative and I now have a new prospective on the Book of RevelationHorace
One of the easiest to understand and retain, by a mile.Jamey
This was one of the most interesting courses that I have taken on Biblical studies. The information was helpful and will lead me to more studies of Revelation.Penny
I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this course. I had no idea that it was a book of worship, hope, and a call to obey. That’s not how I ever approached Revelation nor was I ever taught to focus on it that way. One thing I appreciate about this lesson was the ease of accessibility of the material. I literally pressed play and said to myself “brace yourself.” But I was pleasantly surprised at the gentle approach of this lecture. I could say more, but I will conclude that I think those who dread reading Revelation will likely gain newfound enjoyment by reading it with the different focus the lecturer suggests. Thank you for the offering.Pamela
Thank you very much for all the insight that I have gleaned from this study. Praise Jesus He is coming again!!!!Jon
I truly enjoyed this course. Studying, not just reading, Revelation is new to me and the lecturer spoke in clear, concise, easy-to-understand language. I have newfound comprehension of the layout, purpose, appreciation, and application of Revelation that will enable me to treasure God’s Word at a deeper level. Can’t wait to start the next course!Denise
Excellent intro class into the book of Revelation. I would take a class with Dr. Mathewson at any time. He is clear, concise, and makes things very understandable.Steven
These courses have open my eyes to a better understanding of Scripture.Chet
It was a wonderful lesson for me. I was able to understand more of the real purpose of this book.Maria